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Automotive Parts Chemical Management

Managing Substances of Concerns

Automotive Parts Chemical Management: THE BUSINESS CHALLENGE

With the adoption of End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive in major markets worldwide, the traditional automotive supply chain is no longer the same.

The spirit of the directive is based on four pillars. Firstly, the aim is the reduction of hazardous substances in vehicles to minimize their release to the environment. Secondly, vehicles should be designed to facilitate proper dismantling and to allow components and materials to be reused, recycled and/or recovered. Thirdly, the manufactures (both automotive OEM and component) shall increase the demand for recycled material.Finally, certain materials (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium) are forbidden except for a few applications with defined phase-out dates.

To be sustainable in the marketplace, automotive part suppliers must be able to manage the contents of the automobile parts produced and the release of hazardous substances to the environment and human health. At the same time the suppliers must be able to genuinely and transparently report (via IMDS or similar portal) the detailed substance data to allow the original material compositions to be traceable along the supply chain. This could help the ability of automotive OEMs to achieve the target recycling and recovery as well as elimination of the use of hazardous substances in their automotive parts.

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Automotive Parts Chemical Management: The SOLUTION

Bureau Veritas offers a suite of testing and training services to assist automotive parts manufacturers and suppliers in meeting various international and regional requirements in relation to chemical substances management.

Our Approach

Equipped with a team of experienced chemical, environmental and materials specialists, Bureau Veritas can assist automotive parts manufacturers in complying the requirements and those whom may not have in-house capabilities. Our services offering include:

End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive for automotive products

• Chemical analytics and screenings for the heavy metals Pb, Hg, Cd and Cr(VI)
• Confirmation of analytical results against the latest acceptable limits in IMDS

Risk Based Solution on Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) Substance Testing and Evaluation

• Recommendation on the analytical testing candidates based on the risk of occurrence of declarable or prohibited substances from GADSL (this service depends on the material type together with the consideration of the robustness of the manufacturers’ manufacturing system)

Registration Evaluation Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) for automotive, packaging products and processing substances

• Analytical Test service for Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) with its substance of very high concern (SVHC) definition and the restricted substance list in Annex XVII

IMDS Database Enquiry and Training Services

• Database Enquiry and Training Services to assist suppliers to prepare the material datasheet meeting the generic IMDS requirement and OEMS specific reporting practice
• Marking of polymers and elastomers in accordance with Commission Decision 2003/138/EC of component and material coding standards
• Recycling and recovery rate calculation

Automotive Parts Chemical Management: WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?

Reputation For 36 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.

Worldwide Locations With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.

Technical Knowledge & Leadership Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.

Personalized Service At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your quality assurance needs throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest level of service is a priority for us.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is IMDS?

    The International Material Data System (IMDS) is a collective, computer-based material data system used primarily by automotive OEMs to manage environmentally relevant aspects of the different parts used in vehicles. It has been adopted as the global standard for reporting material content in the automotive industry.

  • What is GADSL?

    The GADSL is the result of years-long global effort of representatives from the automotive, automotive parts supplier (tier supplier) and chemical/plastics industries who have organized the Global Automotive Stakeholders Group (GASG). The GASG's purpose is to facilitate communication and exchange of information regarding the use of certain substances in automotive products throughout the supply chain.

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